Los Angeles and San Jose offices collaborate on new library

The new Southeast Branch Library brings together IBI Group’s global expertise and local presence in one project team.


July 25, 2013

SAN JOSE – The new Southeast Branch Library in Evergreen, a San Jose suburb, brings together IBI Group’s global expertise and local presence in one project team – Los Angeles, with expertise gained from over 20 years of library projects, is the lead designer; San Jose provides local knowledge and presence.

The City of San Jose selected IBI Group (who designed the Joyce Ellington Library in 2008) to design the last library of its Library Bond Program. The city wanted this project to benefit from the lessons learned to date in order to create the best library of the program.

A unique site in the community as a commercial shopping center, Evergreen Square was selected for the existing amenities and activities that would support a new library. Through extensive meetings with the San Jose Branch Library Development Team and community members, IBI Group learned about the importance of community and its relationship to the square.

“Libraries are the heart and soul of the community they service,” said Kirk Shimazu, lead architect, at a recent community meeting. “Libraries create identity, and act as a local community hub, and provide a sense of civic presence to a community.”

The design of the new library speaks to today’s constantly changing needs. It meets the requirements of a classic library and also provide contemporary features such as after-school dropoff, community gatherings, home offices, children’s interactive centers, and flexible collaborative environments.

The 16,000 sq ft LEED® Silver Certified library will be completed in 2016.

Contact: David Chow

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